There’s no denying the Brits and Irish possess the gift of the gab and have always excelled at producing entertaining chat shows. Terry Wogan was known for putting his guests at ease with his engaging warm style. Alan Carr used his background as a stand-up comic to get the best out of his guests. And then there was the master of them all … Sir Michael Parkinson!
In 1998, a new kid on the block entered the talk show arena. ‘So Graham Norton’ premiered in July of that year and in 2007, it evolved into the show we know and love. The Graham Norton Show has become an institution in the U.K and all over the world. While the guests are top shelf, it’s the affable and quick-witted Norton that viewers tune in for.
Graham Norton is the winner of eight BAFTA awards. Born in Dublin and raised in West Cork, Norton now lives in London. His debut novel Holding was a Sunday Times bestseller and loved by readers everywhere. His new novel, The Keeper, is a twisted tale of secrets and ill-fated loves that once again demonstrates Norton’s understanding of human nature and all its darkest flaws.
In The Keeper, the mystery of Elizabeth Keane’s father is one that has never been solved
by the people of Buncarragh — not for lack of speculation. Her mother Patricia had been assumed a spinster, until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town, and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. Less than two years later, Patricia was back,
with a new baby in her arms, but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave. Now, as Elizabeth returns to the village after her mother’s funeral, bringing with her her own regrets and wounds, she finds a thin pile of ribbon-bound letters at the back of a wardrobe that may at last hold the
key to her past.
Our Man at the Movies, Clint Drieberg, got to sit down with Graham on his sofa on the set of the famous show and do something that has never been done before: ask him the questions. This is the full 15 minute interview:
Praise for Holding, winner of the Irish Book Awards’ Book of the Year 2016:
- ‘Poised and perceptive’ — Sunday Times
- ‘… a deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling’ — Sunday Mirror
‘Deeply accomplished … brilliantly observed’ — Good Housekeeping
- ‘… one of the more authentic debuts I’ve read in recent years … in such an understated manner, eschewing linguistic eccentricity … in favour of genuine characters and tender feeling … this is a fine novel’ — John Boyne, Irish Times
- ‘It is beautiful and yet devastatingly sad’ — Daily Express
- ‘Strenuously charming … surprisingly tender’ — Metro
- ‘Heartwarming and observant’ — Stylist